Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours a dark reddish-brown with a tall off-white head that retains well. Aroma is initially a bit tart, like spent, day old dark roasted coffee grounds, which I didn’t particularly care for. There’s also some cocoa that mixes in with this smell. Gradually the stale coffee subsides and is replaced by a smooth, even, roasted malt profile that mixes with the cocoa and some light smoke too. The flavor has some nice roasted malt, dark chocolate, a spike of caramel right before the finish, and a bit of berry as well in the mid. The finish was properly roasted with some smoke as well. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was appropriate. This is a good beer for sure, and I have to bump it in the overall due to the affordable price.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma features a gentle roast, toast, pumperknickel, caramel, dirt, and toffee. Clean. Tastes of toast, caramel, a little coffee, toffee, and wood. Finishes with the caramel lingering around, followed by toast and lightly charred crust. Light bodied, but not lacking in flavor. Very nice!
Ratman197 (13076) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stubby bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of charcoal, burnt carmel, roasted malt and light smoke. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, roasted malt, light charcoal and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11oz stubby bottle. great bottle cap of rock on the bottom (rock, paper, scissors!) Joanne got scissors and I got Rock again on my next one. I WIN! The second one I poured in a glass to get appearance notes. Pours dark brown, tan head. Looks just like a tall glass of Coca-Cola. Medium roast aroma. Flavor of perfectly roasted malt. Nice grain. Flavor is very light toasted malt. Simple and smooth. Yeah, it is very ’Session-able’. Light chocolate malt in the finish. Very clean and crisp, well balanced. Not quite sure which Full Sail Session I enjoy more.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby: Pours a black color with a nice head. The nose is sweet and fruity with a light cherry and roasted fig note along with some clean roast, cocoa and cold extracted coffee. The flavor is dry though with a nice hop balance and a clean roastiness. Almost like a dunkel, this is quite malty with a nice freshness and refreshing body. Session schwarz. I like.
theisti (3851) - Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11 oz stubby bottle purchased at Divino Wine and Spirits in Denver, Colorado. Pour is clear brown burgundy with a nice one inch tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, soft cherry fruit sweetness and dark chocolate. There is also an interesting earthy / dustiness to the nose. Taste is the mild roastiness of the malt balanced really nicely with the mild sweetness, which expresses more as caramel in the taste than the fruit I picked up on in the nose. Palate is the highlight of this one, lighter bodied, super soft, and nice bright carbonation. Ends with a subdued hop bitterness, drying the finish out. Stupid drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer, I had 4 or 5 without even thinking about it.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009, Darker cola colored pour. Roasted malt light choclate aroma & flavor, medium mouthfeel. dry roastiness. flavorful schwarz
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown with a medium head that quickly fades. Grain, biscuit and floral hop aroma. Caramelly and biscuit flavor. A little a dry on the finish. Not much hops. Interesting.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Goes down really easy -- reminds me a lot of NB 1554. Pours coffee in color with a trim beige head. Smells predominately of caramel, barley, and toasted malt. Tastes of all three with added notes of black licorice and mild cocoa. A fine session beer for BBQ.
kidmartinek (4613) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pilsener glass. Excellent, large rush head. Deep caramel color. Good nose with citrus, chocolate, and malt character. Full, flavor, but light bodied. The taste is excellent and starts with a quick malty sweetness and perfect bitterness from the hops follows quick and smooth and tapers off gradually. Good pep. High rating because of the excellent nose, appearance, character, drinkability, and pleasure.